We visit Arcadian Shores Golf Club today on Tee It Up Grand Strand.  The course is closed for the next few months as they finish building the new clubhouse and begin the task of resurfacing the greens with Sunday Bermuda grass. During this closure they will also be costructing new cart paths. The course with all upgrades and the new clubhouse will tentatively reopen in mid August.  We are very excited about that!

Today we take a look at how to play the par 5s at Arcadian.  This Rees Jones design gives us some challenging 5 pars and we want to help.  Don’t forget that we are talking about playing the holes from an amateur point of view.  Yardages are from the white tees and are shot selections are aimed at amateur players.

We start off with a par 5 right away.  The first hole measures 486 yards with a slight dog-leg left off the tee.  It is a challenging driving hole to start with.  Trees lining both sides of the fairway, but more importantly a couple of large fairway bunkers right around the landing area at the corner of the dog-leg puts a premium on control off the tee.  Long hitters have a chance to go for the green in two if they can clear the bunkers and work it around the corner.  The fairway ends just before the green as it runs into a collection of bunkers protecting the front of the putting surface.  A well placed 2nd shot will give us a short iron or wedge into the green which should allow us to start the round with nothing worse than a par.

The 465 yard 3rd hole is a very straightforward par 5 that always seems to be into the wind making the hole play longer than it looks.  If we get a good tee shot we are in good shape to make a run at either a long approach shot or a strategic layup to have just a wedge into the slightly elevated green.  The putting surface has bunkers protecting it on all sides but we still should be thinking about birdie.  We should be disappointed with anything worse than par.

We make the turn to the back side and we start with the par 5 10th.  At 444 yards it seems like this should be an easy par 5.  The fairway is fairly open off the tee box but the remainder of the fairway is kind of narrow as it gets closer to the green.  The elevated green is a smallish target as it is surrounded by bunkers.  No matter.  A good second shot will either leave us just off the green or in a great short wedge shot.  We should make par or better here.

The 16th hole is the longest of the par 5s at 511 yards.  A straight away hole that is lined with trees on both sides of the fairway all the way to the green.  We need a good tee shot and a good second shot to set up a mid to short iron for an approach shot.  Short of the green are several bunkers protecting run up shots.  A solid third shot should get us a look at birdie, but let’s not get carried away.  Par is a very good score.

For more information visit the website www.arcadianshoresgolf.com or call the golf shop 843.449.5217

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